Now I must start with a little note about the present state of products offered at the "drugstore", which in the last few years seems to have developed multiple hierarchies. The Regenerist line has long been Olay's prestige range, known for being a solid preference for many when it comes to anti-aging prevention and treatment. This Luminous range does sit at the similar prestige level in terms of pricing and is definitely not your average idea of drugstore.
Here's a look at my current skin condition, after 4 consecutive weeks of using the Olay Regenerist Luminous products (save the cleanser, it hasn't been 4 weeks). From this photo you can see my skin looks decent, my forehead being its usual splotchy self, a bit of redness here and there and no major breakout issues. We'll come with a before and after photo later on.
Product: Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser*
Price: $15.99 CAD (suggested retail)
Would I (re)purchase: No
The first step to this range starts off with a non-foaming brightening cleanser meant to remove impurities, gently exfoliate and prep the skin for the active ingredients in the moisturizer and eye cream to come. This comes out as a lightweight, lightly scented lotion like cleanser with a small sprinkling of what feels like synthetic micro-beads. While it does give my skin a comfortable clean (not the squeaky kind) and velvety finish, I am very apprehensive about the mineral oil and petrolatum which certain does not need to be here. This could be part of the moisturizing factor but they are certainly potentially problematic for many people. On the other hand some people have no issues with in their skincare so it's really a hit or miss. I did give this a few trails and it makes for a nice cream cleanser that felt very gentle and soothing but unfortunately I have to give it up because of the mineral oil incompatibility.
Ingredients: Water , Isopropyl Palmitate , Petrolatum , Glycerin , Mineral Oil , Cetyl Betaine , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Distearyldimonium Chloride , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Acetyl Glucosamine , Lauryl Glucoside , Decyl Glucoside , Steareth 21 , Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Polyethylene , Steareth 2 , Disodium EDTA , Citric Acid , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Fragrance , Blue 1 Lake , Manganese Violet
Product: Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer*
Price: $32.99CAD (regular drugstore)
(Suggested Retail: $38.99 CAD )
Would I (re)purchase: No
The star of this line that I was most enthusiastic about is this Tone Perfecting Moisturizer, especially seeing a few key ingredients that had much promise. Niacinamide seems to be the main active ingredient, which I am familiar with in asian skincare as being a soothing and skin calming additive. Now it does have somewhat of a skin brightening function as well and is often favoured by western brands over other ingredients like arbutin. With Olay, this is found in many of their skincare products in varying concentrations. Some hints of natural extracts such as camellia and aloe are also present however unfortunately so is a small does of isoparaffin (another petrolatum derivative).
With a gentle and light fragrance, this peach tinted cream has micro pearlized shimmer particles whipped into it for some immediate radiance effect upon application though it is on the subtle side. The texture is a soft consistency and applies with a noticeable silicone feel in the way it spreads. In fact, I found this rather confusing as I was so accustomed to lush rich moisturizers that really quenched my often dehydrated skin. This on the other hand, felt dry to the touch and left a velvety finish which is probably more preferable for those with oilier skin types or if you're looking for a muggy summer moisturizer that doesn't leave any overt shine. The Luminous moisturizer actually does very well as a day cream providing a smoothing primer like base for foundation. Anyone who's fond of silicone primers would likely be keen on this texture.
However, I wasn't so thrilled with all of this not only because the texture of this left me rather unsatisfied in the hydration department (I had flakey patches on my nose almost every day) but also because this cream would pill and rub off in small white patch or flakes when I'm putting it on. Now this is likely an issue with the aluminum starch and the fact that in order to compensate for the lack of moisturized feel I so desperated wanted, I over applied the product. To get a smooth even coverage, you don't need very much of this moisturizer at all. Although more is not more when it comes to product, applying an extra layer of this didn't give me any added hydration unfortunately.
Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Niacinamide , Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Penta Peptide-4 Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaureate Copolymer, Dmdm Hydantoin, Laureth-10, Laureth-7, Dimethiconol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alk Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Peg-100 Stearate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Yello5, Red 40.
THE EYE CREAM
Product: Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl Eyecream*
Price: $32.99CAD (regular drugstore)
(Suggested Retail: $38.99)
Would I (re)purchase: Possibly.
Surprisingly out of this entire trio, the eye cream, something that I usually pay less attention to is actually my favourite product of the range. Luminous pearl cream is suspended in a visually impressive helix design, the base being a translucent gel. Key moisturizing ingredients here include glycerin, Vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate while treatment ingredients are niaciniamide and collagen. When pumped out, the two combine together and you have a hydrating eye cream that has a slight cooling sensation and a light reflecting pearly sheen.
Meant to reduce dark circles, lighten fine lines and pesky spots I thought this performed quite well though not for those exact purposes. As someone who doesn't have a standard eyecream in her regime, this was hydrating enough without being sticky but most of all I saw an immediate improvement over the puffiness under my eyes (something I've seemed to develop over the past year or two). The silicone base actually seemed quite suited here to make this lightweight and easy to wear even with makeup, the small bit of "cosmetic" brightening via the pearl shimmer isn't terrible obvious but will help to add some brightness even on bare faced days.
Ingredients: Water, cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Acetyl Glucosamine, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Collagen, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine, Carbomber, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, PEG-100 Stearate, MICA.
Now of course the 4 week long question still remains...does this actually work? I'll let you have a look at the before and after photo (below) which shows the start and end of my trial period in which I used both the Tone Correcting Moisturizer and Hydraswirl Eye Cream consistently plus the Cream Cleanser periodically. I think the measure of effective skincare products is that the results should be noticeable even without applying the cream and I feel that these products did help to even my skin tone somewhat and this is extra evident the morning after as my skin looked very even and smooth. In fact, I might even say that my skin felt more taunt and sculpted overall.
However it didn't seem brighten my skin or offer the same level of translucency that my familiar asian brightening products can do (at a very competitive price), nor does it give me plump skin which are the two things I see as key in a brightening routine. The silicone heavy formulations along with mineral oils also didn't seem to sit well with me, causing some clogged pores and while no major breakouts appears, I did develop some questionable small bumps along my forehead and chin. Lastly, let's not forget that the skin on my nose just wouldn't stop flaking the almost the entire month.
THE FINAL VERDICT
The Olay Regenerist Luminous Skincare system does work, for those who are looking to give their skin a little extra boost, some smoothing and brightening. Already a fan of Olay product? This could be a good switch. If you have sensitively to petrolatum or silicone heavy products this is one to skip over. For those with oilier skin or that prefer a velvet finish to their skin, this would be a much better match for you than for dry or dehydrated skin types.
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